Conference of Minority Transportation Officials chapter opens in Washington State

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SEATTLE — Transportation industry leaders in Washington State have chartered a new chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials to increase diversity at all levels of local transportation workforces.

King County Metro and Sound Transit are among the founding members of the new chapter. Supporters of the new transportation officials chapter also include the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Community Transit and the Port of Seattle, and numerous local businesses.

“Metro is firmly committed to [the conference’s] values of diversity and inclusion, which are vital to our core mission of connecting communities," Metro general manager Rob Gannon said in a press release. "Through this partnership, we can expand the important work we’re doing regionally and be a stronger voice in shaping transportation policy at the state and national level.”

In addition to individuals, agencies and businesses involved in the transportation industry, conference membership is also available to students, academic organizations, businesses owned by women, minorities, and military veterans, and other groups.

“The Puget Sound region has grown exponentially over the past 30 years,” said Everette Adams, president of the conference’s chapter and CEO of member organization Systems Consulting. The conference in “... Washington State will help achieve the goal of having the people who plan, build and operate our transportation systems reflect those who live here.”


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